For this week's list we decided to feature the weirdest, most Florida-style holiday offerings.
1 Rockabilly Christmas: This hillbilly-themed party at Blur in Dunedin draws a big crowd every year, with many people dressed in trailer trash finery or rockabilly pompadours. With music by the hillbilly swing band Cadillac Bombers and 6 Volt Rodeo, there is also a food and gift drive and naughty Santa pictures. Haven't been to a party with a naughty Santa before? This one is carrying a bottle of Jack Daniel's and a bucket of chicken and will sit for pictures flanked by sexy elves. The party starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at Blur, 325 Main St., Dunedin. $5 cover, but no cover if you bring a toy or canned food donation.
2 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: The Dalí Museum gets into the surreal Christmas spirit with this episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 from 1991. Joel and the wisecracking robots keep a sharp commentary running during the infamous 1964 Christmas classic about a group of martians who kidnap Santa Claus because they have no one in Mars to give their children presents. The MST3K crew also writes and performs a pinnacle Christmas carol A Patrick Swayze Christmas and each shares Christmas-themed essays. See the free show at 1 p.m. Sunday in the museum's lobby theater, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg.
3 The Cowhead Christmas Spectacular: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hosts radio's Mike "Cowhead" Calta as he ends The Cowhead Show broadcast year on Friday with a party and a screening of a documentary that follows comedian Bert Kreischer on the comedy circuit. The screening will be at 8 p.m., followed by a live podcast at 10 with Kreischer and Cowhead in front of the Hard Rock Cafe audience. At 11, Cowhead's band Pitbull Toddler "takes the stage to melt faces." It's all free, and the first 100 people will receive a Christmas gift from The Cowhead Show. The party is at the Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa.
4 Winter Waterland Holiday Festival: You know it's Christmas in Florida when Santa's elves are mermaids. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will also have a light show, petting zoo, family activities and photo opportunities with Santa and his "mermaid elves," starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5, $3 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger at the park at 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
5 'Glice' skating: It was weird enough that most of the country was freezing in an ice storm last week while Florida stuck out on the national weather map like a bright red sore thumb. But that's how we roll in December and why ice skating in Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg has to be done on a giant sheet of plastic. The rink is open from 6 to 9 p.m. today through Sunday at Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Skating is $5 for a 30-minute session. If you want real ice outdoors in Florida, try Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, but that busts our $5 limit. It's $10 for a 90-minute session including skate rental on a real ice rink set up through Jan. 5 at the park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. It's open 4 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer